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Healthy Eating Tips For Meat Eaters

Do You Eat Meat? Ask Yourself These Important Questions

The majority of the US population include beef, poultry, or fish in their diet, which can be excellent sources of protein, vitamin B12, omega-3s, iron, and other essential nutrients. There's definitely a healthy and a not-so-healthy way to eat meat, so ask yourself these important questions to ensure your steak, grilled chicken, and tuna fish sandwich are doing your body good.

Am I Getting Enough Fiber?
(Wo)man can't live on meat alone, and while many low-carb diets applaud eating mostly meat, it's not something you can sustain. Besides valuable vitamins and minerals, fruits, veggies, and whole grains are also high in fiber, something meat lacks. Fiber not only keeps your digestive system happy, but getting your fill (25 to 30 grams a day) is proven to reduce the risk of heart disease and certain cancers. Enjoy a fiber-rich side dish with every meal, including fresh salads, whole grains, and grilled veggies. You can also get creative and add fiber to your meat recipes like this beef and bulgur burger.

Keep reading to find out what other questions meat eaters should ask themselves.

Is My Cholesterol Too High?
Aside from dairy products, meat is another source of cholesterol; if you're eating more than more than 300 milligrams a day, there's a chance you're getting too much, especially if high cholesterol runs in your family. If you aren't sure what your cholesterol levels are, have a check-up ASAP (it should be checked every five years if you're between 20 and 45 years old). Most physicians recommend that total cholesterol levels are less than 200 mg/dL, but below 130 mg/dL is optimal.

Am I Eating Lean Meats?
While bacon, hot dogs, pepperoni pizza, fried chicken, spicy chicken wings, and sausage sandwiches are crave-worthy, they're also high in saturated fat. It's OK to indulge in these every once in a while, but the majority of your meat should be lean cuts. Eat red meat in moderation, and enjoy chicken and turkey (without the skin), bison, salmon, tilapia, haddock, and other fish.

How Is My Meat Cooked?
There's nothing like sinking your teeth into a piece of fried chicken, but that means extra artery-clogging fat. Skip the battered and fried entrée, and go for meat that's grilled, broiled, roasted, or baked.

Am I Obsessed With Toppings?
For some people, a hamburger just isn't a hamburger without a slice of cheese, ketchup, mayo, and a few slices of bacon. All those add-ons contribute to the calories and fat, so choose healthier condiments, dips, and toppings when possible.

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bengalspice bengalspice 4 years
 @Giasbash6260 Nice to know I'm not alone. :-)
Giasbash6260 Giasbash6260 4 years
 @bengalspice You and I should be best friends! LOL! We def. have the same philosophy!
bengalspice bengalspice 4 years
To answer your questions: 1) Where is your scientific proof that a meat-rich diet is detrimental? There were plenty of cultures that ate meat-rich diets and maintained lean physiques, and the introduction of grains resulted in obesity, heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. I agree with green veggies if you need fiber, but whole grains will cause an insulin spike which leads to fat storage. 2) Yea, my total cholesterol is high .... because it's mostly HDL. Since going low-carb my LDL has decreased, my triglycerides decreased, my HDL increased to what is medically considered "optimal". And I didn't increase it via exercise .... they only lifestyle change I made is increasing the amount of red meat I eat. 3) Where's your scientific proof that saturated fat is bad? American's have become more obese from eating foods cooked in vegetable oil rather than in animal fat. Last time I checked, vegetable oil doesn't occur naturally. 4) I'm sure the breading on fried chicken is more harmful than animal fat. If animal fat is so harmful, how did the human species survive 99% of it's existence on fatty meats? 5) I think the toppings listed are a lot better than gorging myself on hamburger buns. [insulin spike ... fat accumulation ... increased chance of becoming diabetic]
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